History Film / TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension

21st Apr '16 12:37:54 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* PreInsanityReveal: When [[spoiler: Dr. Emilio Lizardo]] first appears he's locked up in an insane asylum and acts crazy. While he's undergoing self-inflicted electroshock therapy there's a FlashBack of what happened to him. [[spoiler: He was originally a scientist who worked with Professor Hikita to develop a prototype version of the Oscillation Overthruster. During a test of the device he was possessed by the Red Lectroid leader Lord John Whorfin.]]
24th Nov '15 6:36:09 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: Hanoi Xan, leader of the World Crime League -- mentioned on the novelization, the DVDCommentary and in the Buckaroo comic books. He engineered Peggy Banzai's murder.

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* BigBad: Lord John Whorfin, leader of the aliens trying to return to the 8th Dimension.
* BiggerBad:
Hanoi Xan, leader of the World Crime League -- mentioned on the novelization, the DVDCommentary and in the Buckaroo comic books. He engineered Peggy Banzai's murder.
23rd Sep '15 10:12:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: the name of Yoyodyne was inspired by a similarly named company in ThomasPynchon's ''TheCryingOfLot49''.

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* ShoutOut: the name of Yoyodyne was inspired by a similarly named company in ThomasPynchon's ''TheCryingOfLot49''.Creator/ThomasPynchon's ''Literature/TheCryingOfLot49''.
15th Jun '15 1:01:03 AM erforce
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Not to be confused with the likewise outrageously alliterative rock and roll action comedy: TheAdventuresOfFordFairlane.

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Not to be confused with the likewise outrageously alliterative rock and roll action comedy: TheAdventuresOfFordFairlane.
''Film/TheAdventuresOfFordFairlane''.
2nd Jun '15 6:19:43 AM Selenite
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** In their human guises, Red Lectroids have bright, orangey red hair - and when Lizardo gets possessed by Lord John Whorfin, his previously black hair suddenly turns bright red.

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** In their human guises, Red Lectroids have bright, orangey red hair - and when hair. When Lizardo gets possessed by Lord John Whorfin, his previously black hair suddenly turns bright red.



* [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Insistent Terminology]] - On multiple occasions the Red Lectroid John Bigbooté has his name mispronounced. Lord Whorfin calls him "Bigbooty" and the U.S. Secretary of Defense calls him "Big Boot". Near the end of the movie he actually gets shot by Lord Whorfin because of his angry insistence that his surname be pronounced "big-boo-TAY".

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* [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Insistent Terminology]] - InsistentTerminology: On multiple occasions the Red Lectroid John Bigbooté has his name mispronounced. Lord Whorfin calls him "Bigbooty" and the U.S. Secretary of Defense calls him "Big Boot". Near the end of the movie he actually gets shot by Lord Whorfin because of his angry insistence that his surname be pronounced "big-boo-TAY".



* RenaissanceMan: Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers - scientists, paramilitary secret agents and rock stars all in one.

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* RenaissanceMan: Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers - are scientists, paramilitary secret agents and rock stars all in one.



** A significant number of the Red Lectroids had UnfortunateNames:
*** John Yaya
*** John Smallberries
*** John Icicle Boy
*** John Bigbooté - whose name was [[RunningGag pronounced]] [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Big Boo Tay]], thank you.

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** A significant number of the Red Lectroids had UnfortunateNames:
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UnfortunateNames: John Yaya
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Yaya, John Smallberries
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Smallberries, John Icicle Boy
***
Boy, John Bigbooté - whose (whose name was [[RunningGag pronounced]] [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Big Boo Tay]], thank you.you).
2nd Jun '15 6:12:16 AM Selenite
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Despite this rather auspicious listing of A and high B list actors, the movie was not well received in theaters. It did develop something of a cult following, though.

Brilliant scientist Buckaroo Banzai is [[TheAce a neurosurgeon who performs rock and roll (on multiple instruments, yet!) and studies the unknown]]. Surrounded by his faithful team of genius rockers, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, he travels the world pleasing the fans with music, and facing off against evil wherever he may find it.

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Despite this rather auspicious listing of A and high B list actors, the movie was not well received in theaters. It did develop something of a cult following, though.

though.

Brilliant scientist Buckaroo Banzai is [[TheAce a neurosurgeon who performs rock and roll (on multiple instruments, yet!) and studies the unknown]]. Surrounded by his faithful team of genius rockers, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, he travels the world pleasing the fans with music, and facing off against evil wherever he may find it.
it.



* TheAce - Barely acknowledged. Banzai is the world's foremost [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot surgeon-rockstar-physicist-adventurer]], but he treats everyone like an equal.
* AcidTripDimension - See also HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace and ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene - Penny and Buckaroo have a quiet moment together before the battle against the Lectroids begins in earnest.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish - The Lectroids.
* AlliterativeName - Buckaroo Banzai and Penny Priddy
* AllThereInTheManual - The novelization and the DVDCommentary include a great deal of explanation and backstory.

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* TheAce - TheAce: Barely acknowledged. Banzai is the world's foremost [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot surgeon-rockstar-physicist-adventurer]], but he treats everyone like an equal.
* AcidTripDimension - AcidTripDimension: See also HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace and ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene - ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Penny and Buckaroo have a quiet moment together before the battle against the Lectroids begins in earnest.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish - AliensSpeakingEnglish: The Lectroids.
* AlliterativeName - AlliterativeName: Buckaroo Banzai and Penny Priddy
* AllThereInTheManual - AllThereInTheManual: The novelization and the DVDCommentary include a great deal of explanation and backstory.



** New Jersey, the newest member of the Hong Kong Cavaliers, also qualifies.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel - Everything from cowboy outfits to samurai stuff.
* BackFromTheDead - [[spoiler: Penny Priddy, thanks to John Emdall. This may not be a first for her, either -- the novelization ends on the unsettling suggestion that Penny may in fact be a mindwiped ''Peggy'' -- Buckaroo's first wife, supposedly Penny's twin sister, who was killed via poison by agents of Hanoi Xan long before the opening of the story.]]
* BackupTwin - If the film was actually part of an ongoing series the way the supporting material makes it out to be, Penny would be a classic example.
* BakerStreetRegular - Averted. The Blue Blaze Irregulars are not all kids, they're not all urchins or orphans, and there is (according to the book, anyway) a training program, required progress in education, and other requirements.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy - Orson Welles' ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' Broadcast? Not so much a fake, as him trying to flush out the ''actual'' alien invaders.
* BigBad - Hanoi Xan, leader of the World Crime League -- mentioned on the novelization, the DVDCommentary and in the Buckaroo comic books. He engineered Peggy Banzai's murder.
* BigDamnHeroes - The Hong Kong Cavaliers storm the Yoyodyne facility using their band ''[[RefugeInAudacity tour bus]]''.
* BigElectricSwitch - Emilio Lizardo/Lord Whorfin uses them twice.
* BloodlessCarnage - Penny Priddy is all battered and bruised when the good guys get her back from the bad guys, but we see no blood.

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** New Jersey, the newest member of the Hong Kong Cavaliers, also qualifies.
qualifies.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel - AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Everything from cowboy outfits to samurai stuff.
* BackFromTheDead - [[spoiler: Penny BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Penny Priddy, thanks to John Emdall. This may not be a first for her, either -- the novelization ends on the unsettling suggestion that Penny may in fact be a mindwiped ''Peggy'' -- Buckaroo's first wife, supposedly Penny's twin sister, who was killed via poison by agents of Hanoi Xan long before the opening of the story.]]
* BackupTwin - BackupTwin: If the film was actually part of an ongoing series the way the supporting material makes it out to be, Penny would be a classic example.
* BakerStreetRegular - BakerStreetRegular: Averted. The Blue Blaze Irregulars are not all kids, they're not all urchins or orphans, and there is (according to the book, anyway) a training program, required progress in education, and other requirements.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy - BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Orson Welles' ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' Broadcast? Not so much a fake, as him trying to flush out the ''actual'' alien invaders.
* BigBad - BigBad: Hanoi Xan, leader of the World Crime League -- mentioned on the novelization, the DVDCommentary and in the Buckaroo comic books. He engineered Peggy Banzai's murder.
* BigDamnHeroes - BigDamnHeroes: The Hong Kong Cavaliers storm the Yoyodyne facility using their band ''[[RefugeInAudacity tour bus]]''.
* BigElectricSwitch - BigElectricSwitch: Emilio Lizardo/Lord Whorfin uses them twice.
* BloodlessCarnage - BloodlessCarnage: Penny Priddy is all battered and bruised when the good guys get her back from the bad guys, but we see no blood.



* BowtiesAreCool - Buckaroo is rarely seen without one. Even more rarely is it actually ''tied''. Nevertheless, his outfit in the end credits sequence looks suspiciously similar to the much later TropeNamer.
* ButNotTooForeign - The half-Japanese, half-American titular Buckaroo.
* ChewingTheScenery- John Lithgow as Dr. Emilio Lizardo, driven mad by possession.
* ColdBloodedTorture - Whorfin using the Shock Tower on Buckaroo and Penny Priddy's torture.
* CombatPragmatist - John Whorfin ''does'' shoot Bigbooté after one too many whines about the proper pronunciation of his name.
* CommLinks - Buckaroo and Rawhide each have one.
* CoolCar - The Jet Car, and the Hong Kong Cavaliers' tour bus
* CowTools - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpVXpCNFOSg "Why is there a watermelon there?" "I'll tell you later."]]
** Answer: [[spoiler: Experiment in making fruit sturdy enough to survive air-drop into failed states but still remaining edible. Abandoned once they realized that air-droppable watermelons couldn't be cut without industrial tools. Yes, seriously.]]
** Follow Up Answer: [[spoiler: Eggs are next.]]

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* BowtiesAreCool - BowtiesAreCool: Buckaroo is rarely seen without one. Even more rarely is it actually ''tied''. Nevertheless, his outfit in the end credits sequence looks suspiciously similar to the much later TropeNamer.
TropeNamer.
* ButNotTooForeign - ButNotTooForeign: The half-Japanese, half-American titular Buckaroo.
* ChewingTheScenery- ChewingTheScenery: John Lithgow as Dr. Emilio Lizardo, driven mad by possession.
* ColdBloodedTorture - ColdBloodedTorture: Whorfin using the Shock Tower on Buckaroo and Penny Priddy's torture.
* CombatPragmatist - CombatPragmatist: John Whorfin ''does'' shoot Bigbooté after one too many whines about the proper pronunciation of his name.
* CommLinks - CommLinks: Buckaroo and Rawhide each have one.
* CoolCar - CoolCar: The Jet Car, and the Hong Kong Cavaliers' tour bus
* CowTools - CowTools: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpVXpCNFOSg "Why is there a watermelon there?" "I'll tell you later."]]
** Answer: [[spoiler: Experiment [[spoiler:Experiment in making fruit sturdy enough to survive air-drop into failed states but still remaining edible. Abandoned once they realized that air-droppable watermelons couldn't be cut without industrial tools. Yes, seriously.]]
** Follow Up Answer: [[spoiler: Eggs [[spoiler:Eggs are next.]]



* DamselInDistress - Penny Priddy, Peggy's twin sister and Buckaroo's new {{Love Interest|s}}.
* DeathIsDramatic - [[spoiler: Rawhide and Penny both.]] However, [[spoiler: Penny gets better at the end, and if the [[DVDBonusContent DVD's]] [[DVDCommentary special commentary]] [[UnreliableNarrator is to be believed]], Rawhide [[OnlyMostlyDead gets]] [[NotQuiteDead better]], [[DeathIsCheap too]].]]

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* DamselInDistress - DamselInDistress: Penny Priddy, Peggy's twin sister and Buckaroo's new {{Love Interest|s}}.
* DeathIsDramatic - [[spoiler: Rawhide DeathIsDramatic: [[spoiler:Rawhide and Penny both.]] However, [[spoiler: Penny [[spoiler:Penny gets better at the end, and if the [[DVDBonusContent DVD's]] [[DVDCommentary special commentary]] [[UnreliableNarrator is to be believed]], Rawhide [[OnlyMostlyDead gets]] [[NotQuiteDead better]], [[DeathIsCheap too]].]]



* DisposableWoman - Peggy Banzai, Buckaroo's dead wife.

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* DisposableWoman - DisposableWoman: Peggy Banzai, Buckaroo's dead wife. wife.



* EjectEjectEject: During the jet car test one of the mission controllers tells Buckaroo this.
* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler: Rawhide]].

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* EjectEjectEject: During the jet car test one of the mission controllers tells Buckaroo this.
this.
* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler: Rawhide]].[[spoiler:Rawhide]].



* {{Flashback}} - Early scenes depict the tests of the Jet Car, and the accident that caused Lizardo to end up with Whorfin living in his head.
* FlashbackBackBack - At the beginning of the flashback to Lizardo's accident.
* FruitOfTheLoon - See "why is there a watermelon there?"
* GadgeteerGenius - Buckaroo invented the Jet Car and (with professor Hikita) the Oscillation Overthruster, among other things.
* GoodColorsEvilColors

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* {{Flashback}} - {{Flashback}}: Early scenes depict the tests of the Jet Car, and the accident that caused Lizardo to end up with Whorfin living in his head.
head.
* FlashbackBackBack - FlashbackBackBack: At the beginning of the flashback to Lizardo's accident.
* FruitOfTheLoon - FruitOfTheLoon: See "why is there a watermelon there?"
* GadgeteerGenius - GadgeteerGenius: Buckaroo invented the Jet Car and (with professor Hikita) the Oscillation Overthruster, among other things.
* GoodColorsEvilColorsGoodColorsEvilColors:



* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual - John Emdall sends Buckaroo a {{Hologram}} recording that can only be viewed by wearing special Lectroid-made eyewear. Which looks suspiciously like bubble wrap.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction - The U.S. Department of Defense, in the form of its Secretary.
* GroinAttack - Buckaroo kicks a Red Lectroid in the groin after being discovered.
* GunFu - In the climactic base invasion, Buckaroo shoots three Lectroids surrounding him by passing his gun ''behind his head'' twice.
* {{Hachimaki}} - Buckaroo ties one around his head before the jet car speed run.

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* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual - GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: John Emdall sends Buckaroo a {{Hologram}} recording that can only be viewed by wearing special Lectroid-made eyewear. Which looks suspiciously like bubble wrap.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction - GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The U.S. Department of Defense, in the form of its Secretary.
* GroinAttack - GroinAttack: Buckaroo kicks a Red Lectroid in the groin after being discovered.
* GunFu - GunFu: In the climactic base invasion, Buckaroo shoots three Lectroids surrounding him by passing his gun ''behind his head'' twice.
* {{Hachimaki}} - {{Hachimaki}}: Buckaroo ties one around his head before the jet car speed run.



* HeroesRUs - the Banzai Institute, located in East Brunswick NJ is Buckaroo's headquarters and the place where the Hong Kong Cavaliers and the rest of Buckaroo's staff bunk between assignments/jobs/missions.
* HeroStoleMyBike - Buckaroo takes advantage of an unattended motorcycle to pursue the Red Lectroids. In the novelization, the motorcycle has an attached sidecar and the operator gallantly offers to drive Buckaroo in pursuit... and succeeds in doing something that no one has ever managed: ''scaring Buckaroo Banzai''. Through the simple expedient of being highly intoxicated and driving very, very badly in heavy traffic.

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* HeroesRUs - HeroesRUs: the Banzai Institute, located in East Brunswick NJ is Buckaroo's headquarters and the place where the Hong Kong Cavaliers and the rest of Buckaroo's staff bunk between assignments/jobs/missions.
* HeroStoleMyBike - HeroStoleMyBike: Buckaroo takes advantage of an unattended motorcycle to pursue the Red Lectroids. In the novelization, the motorcycle has an attached sidecar and the operator gallantly offers to drive Buckaroo in pursuit... and succeeds in doing something that no one has ever managed: ''scaring Buckaroo Banzai''. Through the simple expedient of being highly intoxicated and driving very, very badly in heavy traffic.



* HomemadeInventions - the Jet Car.
* HostageForMacGuffin - Lord John Whorfin demands the Oscillation Overthruster in return for Penny Priddy's life.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace - The Eighth Dimension happens to be where the evil Red Lectroids were exiled as well as the dimension that vehicles using the Oscillation Overthruster to pass through solid matter wind up in. It's also apparently a combination of Jan Svenkmayer animation, electron microscopy, and nausea-inducing swerving.
* IHaveYourWife - When they grab "Doctor" Penny Priddy, the first order of business is trying to get Buckaroo to submit to a hostage exchange for the overthruster. Penny puts up a brave front; Buckaroo tells her to get off the phone.

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* HomemadeInventions - HomemadeInventions: the Jet Car.
* HostageForMacGuffin - HostageForMacGuffin: Lord John Whorfin demands the Oscillation Overthruster in return for Penny Priddy's life.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace - HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: The Eighth Dimension happens to be where the evil Red Lectroids were exiled as well as the dimension that vehicles using the Oscillation Overthruster to pass through solid matter wind up in. It's also apparently a combination of Jan Svenkmayer animation, electron microscopy, and nausea-inducing swerving.
* IHaveYourWife - IHaveYourWife: When they grab "Doctor" Penny Priddy, the first order of business is trying to get Buckaroo to submit to a hostage exchange for the overthruster. Penny puts up a brave front; Buckaroo tells her to get off the phone.



* {{Joisey}} - Almost all the Earthside action takes place in New Jersey.

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* {{Joisey}} - {{Joisey}}: Almost all the Earthside action takes place in New Jersey.



* LastKiss - Buckaroo tries to give one to Penny Priddy after she dies, but it partially revives her. He finishes bringing her back with a TrueLovesKiss.
* LieDetector - The Shock Tower that Lord Whorfin hooks Buckaroo up to.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis - All Buckaroo media [the movie, the comics, the novels] are all supposedly based on the adventures of Buckaroo himself, who is not a character, but a real person.
* LongLostSibling - Penny is the long lost twin sister of Buckaroo's dead wife, Peggy. Maybe.
* MadScientist - Dr. Emilio Lizardo after he's possessed by Lord John Whorfin.
* MeaningfulName - Penny ''Priddy''.
* MidairRepair - Buckaroo jumpstarts his borrowed Lectroid ship while it's in a dive.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot - Kidnapping and theft -> A plot to conquer a planet and the possible start of WorldWarIII.
* NaiveNewcomer - New Jersey
* NeckLift - Lord John Whorfin to an insane asylum attendant and John Bigbooté to the Secretary of Defense.
* NeckSnap - Lord John Whorfin to the attendant he {{Neck Lift}}ed, and John Parker to a Red Lectroid.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot - Musician surgeon physicist commando adventurers!

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* LastKiss - LastKiss: Buckaroo tries to give one to Penny Priddy after she dies, but it partially revives her. He finishes bringing her back with a TrueLovesKiss.
* LieDetector - LieDetector: The Shock Tower that Lord Whorfin hooks Buckaroo up to.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis - LiteraryAgentHypothesis: All Buckaroo media [the movie, the comics, the novels] are all supposedly based on the adventures of Buckaroo himself, who is not a character, but a real person.
* LongLostSibling - LongLostSibling: Penny is the long lost twin sister of Buckaroo's dead wife, Peggy. Maybe.
* MadScientist - MadScientist: Dr. Emilio Lizardo after he's possessed by Lord John Whorfin.
* MeaningfulName - MeaningfulName: Penny ''Priddy''.
* MidairRepair - MidairRepair: Buckaroo jumpstarts his borrowed Lectroid ship while it's in a dive.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot - MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Kidnapping and theft -> A plot to conquer a planet and the possible start of WorldWarIII.
* NaiveNewcomer - NaiveNewcomer: New Jersey
* NeckLift - NeckLift: Lord John Whorfin to an insane asylum attendant and John Bigbooté to the Secretary of Defense.
* NeckSnap - NeckSnap: Lord John Whorfin to the attendant he {{Neck Lift}}ed, and John Parker to a Red Lectroid.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot - NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Musician surgeon physicist commando adventurers!



* NoOSHACompliance - The Yoyodyne facility.

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* NoOSHACompliance - NoOSHACompliance: The Yoyodyne facility.



* OneDimensionalThinking - Buckaroo tries to get away from a pursuing truck by running straight down the road.

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* OneDimensionalThinking - OneDimensionalThinking: Buckaroo tries to get away from a pursuing truck by running straight down the road.



* OperatorIncompatibility - Buckaroo has some difficulty flying the Red Lectroid Thermopod thanks to this.
* ParodySue - Buckaroo himself is a rock-and-rolling neurosurgeon, surrounded by other genius musicians who save the world regularly from the forces of evil.
* PistolWhipping - a Blue Blaze Irregular knocks out John Parker while he's infiltrating Buckaroo's estate.
* PlanetOfSteves - The Lectroids all have the first name "John". [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] states that in the Lectroid language, it's not a name but something closer to an honorific -- something somewhere between "Hey, you!" and "Mister".
* PsychicPowers - Buckaroo is hinted at having them. He displays a bit of empathy, determining "someone isn't having a good time."
* PowerWalk - averted in the end credits, though it can be thought of as an embryonic version.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway - An armed John Bigbooté grabs Professor Hikita at the conference.

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* OperatorIncompatibility - OperatorIncompatibility: Buckaroo has some difficulty flying the Red Lectroid Thermopod thanks to this.
* ParodySue - ParodySue: Buckaroo himself is a rock-and-rolling neurosurgeon, surrounded by other genius musicians who save the world regularly from the forces of evil.
* PistolWhipping - PistolWhipping: a Blue Blaze Irregular knocks out John Parker while he's infiltrating Buckaroo's estate.
* PlanetOfSteves - PlanetOfSteves: The Lectroids all have the first name "John". [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] states that in the Lectroid language, it's not a name but something closer to an honorific -- something somewhere between "Hey, you!" and "Mister".
* PsychicPowers - PsychicPowers: Buckaroo is hinted at having them. He displays a bit of empathy, determining "someone isn't having a good time."
* PowerWalk - PowerWalk: averted in the end credits, though it can be thought of as an embryonic version.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway - PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: An armed John Bigbooté grabs Professor Hikita at the conference.



* RecursiveCanon - See LiteraryAgentHypothesis.

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* RecursiveCanon - RecursiveCanon: See LiteraryAgentHypothesis. LiteraryAgentHypothesis.



* RenaissanceMan: Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers - scientists, paramilitary secret agents and rock stars all in one.
* RevolversAreJustBetter - they're Buckaroo's favourite weapons. He has a pair specifically for when he catches Hanoi Xan.
* RoomFullOfCrazy - Dr. Emilio Lizardo's room in the asylum was covered in notes for the Overthruster he'd been working on at the time of the accident that caused him to [[SharingABody share a body]] with an evil Lectroid.
* RuleOfCool

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* RenaissanceMan: Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers - scientists, paramilitary secret agents and rock stars all in one.
one.
* RevolversAreJustBetter - RevolversAreJustBetter: they're Buckaroo's favourite weapons. He has a pair specifically for when he catches Hanoi Xan.
* RoomFullOfCrazy - RoomFullOfCrazy: Dr. Emilio Lizardo's room in the asylum was covered in notes for the Overthruster he'd been working on at the time of the accident that caused him to [[SharingABody share a body]] with an evil Lectroid.
* RuleOfCool RuleOfCool



* ScreamDiscretionShot - the scene during which the Red Lectroids torture Buckaroo.
* SeeYouInHell - Lord John Whorfin to Buckaroo just before Buckaroo blows him up.
* SelfDestructMechanism - Used to prevent the Red Lectroids from capturing the Black Thermopod.

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* ScreamDiscretionShot - ScreamDiscretionShot: the scene during which the Red Lectroids torture Buckaroo.
* SeeYouInHell - SeeYouInHell: Lord John Whorfin to Buckaroo just before Buckaroo blows him up.
* SelfDestructMechanism - SelfDestructMechanism: Used to prevent the Red Lectroids from capturing the Black Thermopod.



* ShoutOut: the name of Yoyodyne was inspired by a similarly named company in ThomasPynchon's ''TheCryingOfLot49''.
* ShroudedInMyth - Buckaroo's early past involving his wife Peggy.
* SorryThatImDying - Rawhide

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* ShoutOut: the name of Yoyodyne was inspired by a similarly named company in ThomasPynchon's ''TheCryingOfLot49''.
''TheCryingOfLot49''.
* ShroudedInMyth - ShroudedInMyth: Buckaroo's early past involving his wife Peggy.
Peggy.
* SorryThatImDying - SorryThatImDying: Rawhide



* StormingTheCastle - The infiltration of and attack on the Yoyodyne facility.
* SurpriseVehicle - Buckaroo and the ladder from the Blue Blaze Irregular helicopter.
* TakingTheBullet - Rawhide, to save Buckaroo from the poisonous mini-starfish a Red Lectroid spat at him.
* TapOnTheHead - Red Lectroids do it to several humans, and one of Buckaroo's Blue Blaze Irregulars does it to the Black Lectroid John Parker.

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* StormingTheCastle - StormingTheCastle: The infiltration of and attack on the Yoyodyne facility.
* SurpriseVehicle - SurpriseVehicle: Buckaroo and the ladder from the Blue Blaze Irregular helicopter.
* TakingTheBullet - TakingTheBullet: Rawhide, to save Buckaroo from the poisonous mini-starfish a Red Lectroid spat at him.
* TapOnTheHead - TapOnTheHead: Red Lectroids do it to several humans, and one of Buckaroo's Blue Blaze Irregulars does it to the Black Lectroid John Parker.



* ThatsAnOrder - StockPhrase used by the state trooper when he tells the Yoyodyne employees to leave the Black Thermopod alone.
* ThemeNaming - all the Lectroids, Red or Black, are named John when their names are translated into Earth English. Even the females. As noted above, that's because "john" in Lectroid is not a name but something akin to an honorific like "Mister".
* ThemeTuneCameo - New Jersey plays part of the movie's main theme on the piano.
* ThisAintRocketSurgery - Actually it is. Buckaroo is capable of both brain surgery and rocket science. And so are most of the Hong Kong Cavaliers.
* TrackingDevice - There is apparently one of these on the Oscillation Overthruster (or possibly Penny Priddy), as Buckaroo uses a signal detector to find her inside Yoyodyne.
* TrashcanBonfire - In the Red Lectroid bivouac and Pitt inside the Yoyodyne building.
* TrueLovesKiss - Buckaroo uses one to resurrect Penny Priddy.

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* ThatsAnOrder - ThatsAnOrder: StockPhrase used by the state trooper when he tells the Yoyodyne employees to leave the Black Thermopod alone.
* ThemeNaming - ThemeNaming: all the Lectroids, Red or Black, are named John when their names are translated into Earth English. Even the females. As noted above, that's because "john" in Lectroid is not a name but something akin to an honorific like "Mister".
* ThemeTuneCameo - ThemeTuneCameo: New Jersey plays part of the movie's main theme on the piano.
* ThisAintRocketSurgery - ThisAintRocketSurgery: Actually it is. Buckaroo is capable of both brain surgery and rocket science. And so are most of the Hong Kong Cavaliers.
* TrackingDevice - TrackingDevice: There is apparently one of these on the Oscillation Overthruster (or possibly Penny Priddy), as Buckaroo uses a signal detector to find her inside Yoyodyne.
* TrashcanBonfire - TrashcanBonfire: In the Red Lectroid bivouac and Pitt inside the Yoyodyne building.
* TrueLovesKiss - TrueLovesKiss: Buckaroo uses one to resurrect Penny Priddy.



* WorldOfBadass: Part of the movie's appeal is that there isn't a single character who ''isn't'' quite the badass.

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* WorldOfBadass: Part of the movie's appeal is that there isn't a single character who ''isn't'' quite the badass.



* YourOtherLeft - Buckaroo and John Parker are in a thermopod; John Parker is steering, and Buckaroo is navigating -- while seated in a backward-facing chair: "Left! I said ''left''! ... I meant ''my'' left, your right!"

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* YourOtherLeft - YourOtherLeft: Buckaroo and John Parker are in a thermopod; John Parker is steering, and Buckaroo is navigating -- while seated in a backward-facing chair: "Left! I said ''left''! ... I meant ''my'' left, your right!"
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* [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms InsistentTerminology]] - On multiple occasions the Red Lectroid John Bigbooté has his name mispronounced. Lord Whorfin calls him "Bigbooty" and the U.S. Secretary of Defense calls him "Big Boot". Near the end of the movie he actually gets shot by Lord Whorfin because of his angry insistence that his surname be pronounced "big-boo-TAY".

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* [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms InsistentTerminology]] Insistent Terminology]] - On multiple occasions the Red Lectroid John Bigbooté has his name mispronounced. Lord Whorfin calls him "Bigbooty" and the U.S. Secretary of Defense calls him "Big Boot". Near the end of the movie he actually gets shot by Lord Whorfin because of his angry insistence that his surname be pronounced "big-boo-TAY".
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* AscendedFanboy - Buckaroo has a worldwide fan organization called the Blue Blaze Irregulars, who monitor the airwaves to answer the call from Buckaroo at a moment's notice.
** Casper Lindley and his son Scooter answer one such call and end up accompanying Team Banzai for the rest of the movie.
** New Jersey also qualifies.

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* AscendedFanboy - AscendedFanboy
**
Buckaroo has a worldwide fan organization called the Blue Blaze Irregulars, who monitor the airwaves to answer the call from Buckaroo at a moment's notice.
**
notice. Casper Lindley and his son Scooter answer one such call and end up accompanying Team Banzai for the rest of the movie.
** New Jersey Jersey, the newest member of the Hong Kong Cavaliers, also qualifies.



*** Follow Up Answer: [[spoiler: Eggs are next.]]

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*** ** Follow Up Answer: [[spoiler: Eggs are next.]]



* DeathIsDramatic - [[spoiler: Rawhide and Penny both.]]
** However, [[spoiler: Penny gets better at the end, and if the [[DVDBonusContent DVD's]] [[DVDCommentary special commentary]] [[UnreliableNarrator is to be believed]], Rawhide [[OnlyMostlyDead gets]] [[NotQuiteDead better]], [[DeathIsCheap too]].]]
* DemonicPossession: A variant; the human Emilio Lizardo has been taken over by the alien John Whorfin

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* DeathIsDramatic - [[spoiler: Rawhide and Penny both.]] However, [[spoiler: Penny gets better at the end, and if the [[DVDBonusContent DVD's]] [[DVDCommentary special commentary]] [[UnreliableNarrator is to be believed]], Rawhide [[OnlyMostlyDead gets]] [[NotQuiteDead better]], [[DeathIsCheap too]].]]
** However, [[spoiler: Penny gets better at the end, and if the [[DVDBonusContent DVD's]] [[DVDCommentary special commentary]] [[UnreliableNarrator is to be believed]], Rawhide [[OnlyMostlyDead gets]] [[NotQuiteDead better]], [[DeathIsCheap too]].]]
* DemonicPossession: A variant; the human Emilio Lizardo has been taken over by the alien John WhorfinWhorfin.



* GoodColorsEvilColors - Red Lectroids are evil, Black Lectroids are good. This works in both their human and native appearances. Red Lectroids are disguised as "White" (i.e. of European descent) humans and Black Lectroids look, well, "Black" (i.e. of African descent). And Black Lectroids -- in either guise -- all speak with Jamaican accents.
** It's better than that. In their human guises, Red Lectroids have bright, orangey red hair - and when Lizardo gets possessed by Lord John Whorfin, his previously black hair suddenly turns bright red.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual - John Emdall sends Buckaroo a {{Hologram}} recording that can only be viewed by wearing special Lectroid-made eyewear.
** Which looks suspiciously like bubble wrap.

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* GoodColorsEvilColors - GoodColorsEvilColors
**
Red Lectroids are evil, Black Lectroids are good. This works in both their human and native appearances. Red Lectroids are disguised as "White" (i.e. of European descent) humans and Black Lectroids look, well, "Black" (i.e. of African descent). And Black Lectroids -- in either guise -- all speak with Jamaican accents.
** It's better than that. In their human guises, Red Lectroids have bright, orangey red hair - and when Lizardo gets possessed by Lord John Whorfin, his previously black hair suddenly turns bright red.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual - John Emdall sends Buckaroo a {{Hologram}} recording that can only be viewed by wearing special Lectroid-made eyewear.
**
eyewear. Which looks suspiciously like bubble wrap.



* HeroStoleMyBike - Buckaroo takes advantage of an unattended motorcycle to pursue the Red Lectroids.
** In the novelization, the motorcycle has an attached sidecar and the operator gallantly offers to drive Buckaroo in pursuit... and succeeds in doing something that no one has ever managed: ''scaring Buckaroo Banzai''. Through the simple expedient of being highly intoxicated and driving very, very badly in heavy traffic.

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* HeroStoleMyBike - Buckaroo takes advantage of an unattended motorcycle to pursue the Red Lectroids.
**
Lectroids. In the novelization, the motorcycle has an attached sidecar and the operator gallantly offers to drive Buckaroo in pursuit... and succeeds in doing something that no one has ever managed: ''scaring Buckaroo Banzai''. Through the simple expedient of being highly intoxicated and driving very, very badly in heavy traffic.



* LargeHam - John Lithgow as Lord John Whorfin.

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* LargeHam - LargeHam
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John Lithgow as Lord John Whorfin.



* StockShoutOuts - The makers of some of the later ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series liked making references to this film. The fact that a good chunk of the art department from ''Next Generation'' on through ''Enterprise'' previously worked on ''Buckaroo Banzai'' may have something to do with this.

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* StockShoutOuts - StockShoutOuts
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The makers of some of the later ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series liked making references to this film. The fact that a good chunk of the art department from ''Next Generation'' on through ''Enterprise'' previously worked on ''Buckaroo Banzai'' may have something to do with this.



* UnfortunateNames - Buckaroo is his real first name, owing to his father's enamorment with cowboys. And a significant number of the Red Lectroids had UnfortunateNames:
** John Yaya
** John Smallberries
** John Icicle Boy
** John Bigbooté - whose name was [[RunningGag pronounced]] [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Big Boo Tay]], thank you.
* UnusualUserInterface: Apparently, the Lectroids have important controls operable using their feet. This normally wouldn't sound odd, but these controls happen to be levers rather than pedals. It gives Buckaroo a bit of trouble while he's trying to figure out how to pilot a Thermopod.
** The Black Lectroid with him does mention that the design is very bad.

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* UnfortunateNames - UnfortunateNames
**
Buckaroo is his real first name, owing to his father's enamorment with cowboys. And a cowboys.
** A
significant number of the Red Lectroids had UnfortunateNames:
** *** John Yaya
** *** John Smallberries
** *** John Icicle Boy
** *** John Bigbooté - whose name was [[RunningGag pronounced]] [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Big Boo Tay]], thank you.
* UnusualUserInterface: Apparently, the Lectroids have important controls operable using their feet. This normally wouldn't sound odd, but these controls happen to be levers rather than pedals. It gives Buckaroo a bit of trouble while he's trying to figure out how to pilot a Thermopod.
**
Thermopod. The Black Lectroid with him does mention that the design is very bad.
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* Creator/ChristopherLloyd as John [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Bigbooté]]

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* Creator/ChristopherLloyd as John [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Bigbooté]]



Not to be confused with the likewise outrageously alliterative rock and roll action comedy: TheAdventuresOfFordFairlane

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Not to be confused with the likewise outrageously alliterative rock and roll action comedy: TheAdventuresOfFordFairlaneTheAdventuresOfFordFairlane.



* ItIsPronouncedTroPay - John Bigbooté

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* ItIsPronouncedTroPay [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms InsistentTerminology]] - On multiple occasions the Red Lectroid John BigbootéBigbooté has his name mispronounced. Lord Whorfin calls him "Bigbooty" and the U.S. Secretary of Defense calls him "Big Boot". Near the end of the movie he actually gets shot by Lord Whorfin because of his angry insistence that his surname be pronounced "big-boo-TAY".
-->'''John Bigbooté''': "It's 'Big-boo-tay!' Tay! Tay! Tay!" [Bang!]



** John Bigbooté - whose name was [[RunningGag pronounced]] [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Big Boo Tay]], thank you.

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** John Bigbooté - whose name was [[RunningGag pronounced]] [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay [[InsistentTerminology/LiveActionFilms Big Boo Tay]], thank you.
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* SequelSnark: Talks about Buckaroo Banzai returning to fight the forces of Hanoi Xan. Though supposedly this was actually meant as a straight up SequelHook, but the plot instead wound up turning into ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''.

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* SequelSnark: Talks about Buckaroo Banzai returning to fight the forces of Hanoi Xan. Though supposedly this This was actually meant as a straight up SequelHook, but the plot instead wound up turning into ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''.film's failure scrapped those plans.
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